Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
16 Nov 2016
3:53 pm

Kgatlana looking to inspire Banyana to AWC trophy

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Banyana Banyana forward Thembi Kgatlana, 20, is aiming to help the team secure their first ever Africa Women's Cup (AWC) of nations trophy.

Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa during the Group E Women's Football match between South Africa and China PR at Olympic Stadium on August 06, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

Ahead of the tournament starting this weekend in Cameroon, Kgatlana, who was one of the notable performers at the Rio Olympic Games this year despite the team’s disappointing campaign at the tournament, believes they have a good squad that is capable of lifting the trophy.

“I believe in the team that we have,” said Kgatlana, who scored her first Banyana goal against Zimbabwe in an international friendly last week. “We are a very hardworking team, and we are going into the tournament with one mindset, which is to make the nation proud.

“The goals I scored Zimbabwe gave me confidence that I can deliver for the team. I want to score as much as I can for the team so that we do well at the competition.”

The 12th edition of the AWC will be Kgatlana’s second appearance at the continental competition, having played only one game in the previous edition held in Namibia.

“I played only one game in the last AWC against Nigeria. Right now I have been working very hard to make sure I play all the games and help the team to win the trophy.”

Banyana have been drawn against Cameroon, Egypt and Zimbabwe. They play their first group match against Mighty Warriors at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde, on Saturday.